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to steal nuclear program. >> the united nations says the growing unrest in syria has sent them into civil war. rewriting the rules of the eurozone. at the french president unveils a new blueprint for the future. 12 noon in singapore. >> welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the world. this is "newsday." >>> u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has begun formal talks with the pro-democracy leader aung san suu kyi. mrs. clinton said the u.s. about would be willing to ease sanctions if further progress is made towards political reform. a warning that this report contains flash photography. >> an american secretary of state shaking hands with the burmese president. hillary clinton and aung san suu kri, face-to-face, unthinkable a few months ago, but things may be changing and this isolette, repressive country. the burmese president laid out his policy for reform. the american diplomat gave some praise, but said a lot more work was required. she offered incentives to do more and the foreign minister scored an invitation to visit washington. but this is just the beginning of a
't seeing anything frightening in the streets of homs or other parts of syria. of course, this is raising some eyebrows saying there are only ten of you in each hot spot and you are being acompacompanied be syrian government. >> that's right, hala. we were told observers would fan out to other citiy ies and we hd that in hama there were protests and clashes earlier in the day. now, we're being told, in fact, those visits were postponed for logistical reasons and causing more concerns among the activists and many of them are really convinced that what the syrian government is showing these observers is just a charade. it's not the real picture of what's going on there in syria right now. we heard yesterday that while observers were in the city activists and residents said crackdowns were still going on and thousands of protesters that were in places in the neighborhood there being fired upon with live ammunition and tear gas trying to disperse the crowd. when we spoke to arab league monitors earlier today and asked them, they said, you know, reports being written up and being delivered to
, to syria, where the united nations say 5000 people have been killed in a crackdown on protesters that began in march, and today, the u.s. urged russia to join action with the security council, but the moscow foreign minister accused the u.s. of taking an immoral stance by pressuring assad but by not dealing with the extremist groups trying to oust him. a senior fellow at the hoover institute joins me from new york. thanks so much for joining me. 5000 people now dead since march, and we have the russians saying it is the west that is immoral in not speaking up for the president. there is no consensus. >> absolutely, katty. we have to remember that the estimated 4000 people had been killed since the rebellion erupted in syria, so we have added 1000 people in the last few days. 1500 people have died in one city which has become the epicenter of this fight between the butcher, the regime of assad, and you're absolutely right, there is no consensus. libby let us astray. we thought libya would be the example, that the foreign rescue mission would come to syria. >> i noticed that, too, that the nu
calling for peace and justice. >>> and city under siege in syria. a bloody christmas sunday as arab league observers go in and try to end the deadly crackdown. >>> and it's like christmas part two. hoping it will be a christmas black morning. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning. this is monday, december 26th. i hope some of you are watching from home. >> did you get back from toronto okay? >> i did. boxing day. >> like the black friday of canada. >> right. good shopping. a lot of news right now. >> right. eight days to go m s ts to go ba caucuses, paul steinhauser is live with us in des moines, iowa this morning. hi, paul. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. quiet over the weekend. things pick up today and one week to go until the iowa caucuses. the first contest in the primary caucus calendar. this is a poll that came out friday afternoon. the most recent poll here. people are likely to go to the iowa gop caucuses. three-way traffic jam at the top. ron paul at 21%. mitt romney, former massachusetts governor, 20%. newt gingrich 19%. basically it's upgrabs here in io
within the e you leave london isolated. and syria signed a deal -- signs a deal, but the bloody conflict shows no signs of stopping. kim jong il, the absolute ruler of communist north korea, has died at the age of 69. the official announcement came on monday on state television, two days after the leader apparently died of a heart attack during a train journey. his funeral is scheduled for december 28. his third son, kim young in -- kim jong-un is widely expected to be his successor. there are concerns about his lack of experience in the country's future stability -- in the the country's future stability -- and the the country's future stability. >> it was a portrait of kim jong il hung in every living room. the public displays of grief for widely covered by north korea's state television. >> now that he is gone, it has become clear to us what a great leader we had. >> we have to carry on without him now, but we will still try to make our country as strong as possible. >> the news caught south korea off guard. its intelligence agency learned of kim's death from the north's tv broadcasts.
between turkey and saudi arabia and the stakes in iran of the current government in syria falls apart. this is about 90 minutes. good afternoon. i run the middle east program at the woodrow wilson international center for scholars. welcome to today's meeting and knees or allies in the new middle east -- turkey, iran, and saudi arabia. this meeting is part of an ongoing series of meetings we have had for a whole year since the beginning of the revolution in tunisia, egypt, libya, and yemen and also the ongoing events in syria and bahrain. our speakers today include a senior scholar at the woodrow wilson center and former cairo bureau chief for the washington post. we have the biographies of the speakers distributed, so i will be very brief. david's last paper as part of our occasional paper series was saudi arabia in that shadow of the arab revolt. we have a few copies still left. i would urge you to pick one on your way out. our second speaker is a former fellow at the wilson center. he is a professor of international relations at lehigh university. i just received a copy of his lates
with the situation in syria. arab league monitors are in syria to keep an eye on government troops. president bashar al assad allowed them in. he's been using force to stop protests against his administration. the demonstrations began in march, more than 5,000 people have died. assad is being criticized at home and abroad. the arrival of the monitors is a first instance of direct international intervention in syria. still, the violence has not stopped. government forces went after demonstrators tuesday in homs. a human rights group said more than 20 people died. international observers are concerned the government won't disclose the full details of the situation to the arab league monitors. >>> a shia bloc in iraq's ruling coalition wants parliament to be dissolved so new elections can be held. the demand is the latest step in the growing conflict between the country's shia and sunni muslims. the anti-u.s. cleric, muqtada al sadr, leads the bloc. he joined the ruling coalition a year ago. before that he led shia militants against u.s. and iraqi forces. the latest conflict between shia and sunnis sta
. >> this signature should allow international observers into syria. the syrian deputy foreign minister traveled to cairo to ink the agreement. the head of the arab league he said a team of arab observers will arrive in damascus within 72 hours. their job will be to monitor the arab lgue peace plan that syria signed up to last month. it requires us to redeploy its troops out of cities and to release political prisoners -- it requires syria to pull its troops out of cities and to release political prisoners. some are skeptical about the deal. signing the agreement will not help -- >> signining the agreement will not help the regime. assyrian people do not want to return to the past -- 2. and -- the syrian people do not want to return to the past. >> protest against basashar - assad's regime started in march. the un estimates that more than 5000 people have died in the government crackdown. the arab league had threatened to hand the matter to the u.n. security council. >> we are staying in the middle east. violence between protesters and security forces in cairo has continued into a fourth day. at
in syria continues as arab league observers are right to monitor the violence and historic moment as the man chosen as the next leader of north korea has his first known meeting with the south koreans. japanese experts stand accused of multiple failures in response to the nuclear disaster in fukushima earlier this year. a teenager stabbed to death on one of london's most famous shopping street as crowds flock to the sales. welcome to bbc news, broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, and al sadr on the globe. coming up later, why this is becoming -- and also of around the globe. coming up later, why this is becoming an increasingly rare sight. >> the first group of arab league observers has arrived in syria to monitor attempts to end the violence in the country. it is believed they are in damascus. syrian opposition leaders are urging them to go to homes immediately, while monday they will -- at least 20 people were killed in shelling. here is this report from beirut. >> this is what the activists want the arab observers and the world to see, and verifiable, but hard to fake im
. the iran threat reduction act and iran-north korea-syria reform and modernization act and i urge my colleagues to vote yes on both. we know from history that ignoring the threats of leaders, ignoring their building up of capabilities to threaten the rest of the world, is done so at great peril and at great cost. . i urge my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. kucinich: could i ask how much time all parties have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio has 93/4 minutes. the gentleman from california has six minutes. and the gentlelady from florida has 3 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. kucinich: i ask unanimous consent to include in the record an article from "arms control association" which states that the i.a.e.a. board resolution avoided direct censure of iran and did not declare iran to be in noncompliance with its activities. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. my mr. kucinich: my friend from oregon mentioned the question of oil
in the fight over the payroll tax cut. >>> also, new allegations of genocide in syria. is the white house reaction tough enough? >>> and iraq's prime minister demands the vice president be brought to justice. >>> down to the wire for republican candidates before the first presidential votes are cast in iowa. some fear a risky stalemate in congress could hurt the republicans' chances of reclaiming the white house. let's discuss what's going on with former u.s. senator from pennsylvania, rick santorum. thanks for coming in. let me get right to the issue of the moment here in washington. are you with house republicans or senate republicans when it comes to extending the payroll tax cut for middle class american families? >> my feeling is that there is a social security trust fund that is used to pay social security benefits or there isn't. and someone who's been on the butt end of many attacks that republicans don't care about social security, the republicans are the ones who are tries to get social security, republicans are the ones who are going to make sure they're not going to stand up a
segregation. observers began working in syria. the u.s. accuses damascus of setting up attacks against its people ahead of their arrival. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting on pbs in america, and around the globe. coming up later, fears mount over a toxic chemical leak in northern australia as a freight train is swept off a bridge in a tropical cyclone. the only way is up. the giant outdoor escalator transforming lives in north columbia's poorest neighborhoods. -- columbia -- colombia's porous neighborhoods. hello and welcome. final preparations are underway for the state funeral of kim jong il, which is due to start soon. north koreans continue public mourning. the body of the leader is expected to be driven through p'yongyang. state television usually features nothing but positive reports on what the regime has been doing. lucy williamson reports from south korea that the broadcasts have taken on an almost supernatural tone. >> north koreans are used to hyperbole in the nightly news, beginning every night with a song about the magical qualities of their leader's birthplace, the hospital h
you to syria now. a significant day. huge anti-government protests are erupting across the country along with more reports of violence. at least eight protesters reportedly killed today. we have no way of confirming that independently. outside journalists are still banned from syria. you're seeing there some images from homs today. people are feeling emboldened, we're hearing. they're going out on hundreds of thousands. because international journalists are barred from syria, it makes this next piece of video all the more fascinating. cnn has obtained exclusive video of the battle in homs between government security forces and troops who have defected. our reporter there needs to remain anonymous. take a look. >> the neighborhood of homs. fighters took me into a house where their men were engaged with a shootout with snipers from the syrian military. these men say they're allfectors and they call themselves the free syrian army. one of the men managed to take rifle with a position scope with him when he defected. but most of the fighters from the free syrian army are ill equipped a
they do tests, we have been surprised by the facility in syria. >> use the facility that the north koreans built in syria. the u.s. didn't have a clue until they dropped photographs. >> you reported that the u.s. officials have have been war gaming this scenario for years. what would happen when he died and what would the transition be? they are putting it into action. what does it mean? >> almost every scenario from north korea collapse that people think of that seems credible start with kim jung il's death. some play out over nears and some over a shored e shorter period. we don't know how long this is going to take. until two years ago, what did the cia know about kim jong un? one picture. that's it. >> you brought it up. >> that is a big concern for china. it's what does real china in and it's one of the leverage points we have. the last thing they want is this flood of starving people. the contrast between north and south in 2006 with bill richardson down to south korea, i have been there and i have flown. i have never done the drive. the contrast with the primitive society. people us
riseings in egypt and yemen and syria, the question is will it result in democracy or be something else. modern islamist one recent elections in morocco. secular itselves will have to wait to see if the new government is -- the best political party in egypt is expected to gain control in that north africa country. little has changed since the revolution that ousted hosni mubarak. the economy has gotten worse and many are struggling just to pay their bills. egypt's de facto leader, ma' mohammed totali. >> it is the same ruler since 1952. these guys are clueless of how to run the country on a daily basis. >> the army leadership wants to rule the country, but not govern it. >> day-to-day matters, bread and butter issues, so far, secular parties are disorganized and weak. the better organized stronger muslim brotherhood and its freedom and justice party may win a plurality of votes. this woman doesn't want someone to tell her to take off her incob. her main goal is sharia law. there are about ten percent of the population and many fear attacks may increase if the brotherhood and allies cont
the violence in syria, despite the arab league monitoring. the united states warned it will not tolerate iran's threats to the middle east. silence for military gun salutes in p'yongyang. the funeral ceremony for kim jong il. welcome to bbc news. the broadcast on pbs in america, and around the world. a brush with the law. orthodox protesters clashed in a christmas cleanup at jesus''s presumed birth place. a descendant of gandhi. can he receive -- revive the fortunes of the congress party? welcome to bbc news. in national memorial service in north korea for kim jong il is beginning. we believe so, anyway. these are the pictures coming to us live from the north korean capital of p'yongyang. you just got a glimpse of the thousands of mourners who have gathered. morning guns will be boomed in p'yongyang and provincial seats around the country to coincide with the national memorial service in the capital. of course, one of the mourners in chief will be kim jong il's third son, kim jong un. it is believed, because his official appointment as successor has not been confirmed, but all the indications
bloodshed. officials from syria and the arab league took part in a ceremony today in cairo, egypt. it lets observers in for one month, with the option of extending that stay. in damascus, the syrian foreign minister insisted the regime is serious and not just stalling for time. >> we would not have signed the protocol unless our amendments on it had been adopted no matter what the circumstances were. but after applying those amendments and since we are seeking a political solution to this crisis as soon as possible, along with their partnership, i can now say that the signing of the protocol is the beginning of cooperation between us and the arab league. >> sreenivasan: the announcement came on a day when activists said up to 70 soldiers were gunned down by government troops as they tried to desert near the turkish border. at least 30 other people died in attacks elsewhere. it continued a wave of street violence that churned over the weekend. protest leaders said at least 21 people were killed on sunday as troops and rebels fought each other in northwestern syria. hopes have dimmed for 39
for votes of good fortune. >>> a team of observers from the arab league has arrived in syria because of the increasing violence in the country. full deployment of the foreign ministers is intended to oversee a peace plan that calls for the withdrawal of all troops from the streets and the release of all prisoners, but the violence goes on. in the latest incident, at least four civilians were killed. >>> hamas, which governs gaza, has joined the plo. hamas has reached agreement from plo membership with the arrival, which is in power on the west bank. the deal follows three days of talks in cairo in advance of the palestinian reconciliation. >>> republicans in the u.s. house of representatives said a vote on a deal to extend a payroll tax cut, their leader agreed to call a vote on the measure friday. the hope that it will save businesses. the bill was fought in the senate last -- the bill was passed in the senate last saturday but has exposed deep divisions among republicans. >>> for most of us, it is a tiny insect, but for more than 1000 years, the cricket has held a firm placed in th
in syria as arabs arrived on a peace mission. 39 people have been killed in recent attacks. this has become one of the main centers of protests against the government. jim is monitoring the situation from the roots. >> still bearing their extent and -- now the situation from beirut. >> thousands turned out to mourn those who died in the latest violence. the observers were eagerly awaited by big demonstrations. this is one of several district of have seen repeated efforts to crush the finance, but it is clearly still there. when they reach one of the hottest areas, the observers found themselves besieged by angry residents, eager to tell their story. even while they were talking, gunfire rang out. the presence of observers may have lessened the violence. activists say more people were killed or martyred a. >> there are more than five people and wounded. we want to aid people who have died by security forces shooting and correctly. >> another defiant city to the north, there was more shooting as protesters tried to converge on the square. peaceful demonstrations are supposed to be allowed and
in seoul. an advance team of observers from the arab league has arrived in syria after reports of increasing violence. they intend to oversee a peace plan and force withdrawal of troops from the streets and release of all prisoners. but the violence goes on. in the latest incident, at least four civilians are reported killed. palestinian faction hamas, which governs gaza, is to join the palestinian liberalization organization. they reached an agreement with rival fatah, which is in power in the west bank. the deal follows three days of talks in cairo. it is an advance toward palestinian reconciliation. u.s. representatives are to vote on a bipartisan deal to extend a payroll tax cut. leader john boehner has agreed to hold a vote on friday. there is a precision -- a provision to help small businesses attached. it was passed by the senate last saturday and has exposed deep divisions among republicans. the united nations has issued an appeal for $28 million in aid for the philippines, following the devastating storm that killed more than a thousand people. the government has said
out of syria is said to show defectors trying to ambush security forces in daraa. cnn cannot independently confirm this claim. observers from the arab league are now in the country for a second day to determine if the government has kept its promise to stop the bloody crackdown on its citizens. a league official tells cnn they have postponed trips to three cities today due to logistical reasons. >>> tens of thousands of north koreans wailing and beating their chests fill the streets of pyongyang. a lincoln carried his coffin on the roof. another carried a giant portrait of him. analysts say the perfectly choreographed funeral signals a new era under his son, kim jong un. >>> the trial of former egyptian president hosni mubarak continued today after several months of delay. the ailing 83-year-old entered the courtroom on a gurney. he is charged with corruption and murder for allegedly ordering the killing of protesters calling for an end to his 30-year-regime. court adjourned only after a few hours. it is set to resume on monday. >>> two women have been arrested for allegedly
to the scenes of violence that continue to pour out of syria. here, a tank rolls down a street. a neighborhood in the flash point city. activists say thousands of syrian troops recently surrounded it and are shelling it almost daily. cnn can't verify many of the videos posted from sir why but one homs resident describes the carnage we witnessed, explaining how everyone has become a target. in the last two days, there is a lot of injury. more than 200 injury. in the last three days. they executed little children because they shout against assad. the bombing one house,cy veilian house. >> the bombard many has escal e escalated. the same day a protocol was signed allowing arab league observers into syria, activists say the syrian army stormed the town. this video purports to show family members mourning loved ones who died in what is called the massacre. residents have become accustom to the violence. many even fear to bury their dead in public cemeteries. in this video, taken no n november, some bury their loved ones near a deserted road. at a hospital, one injured demonstrators lays in his bed
to accept arab observers, part of an effort to stop mounting bloodshed. officials from syria and the arab league took part in a ceremony today in cairo, egypt. it lets observers in for one month, with the option of extending that stay. in damascus, the syrian foreign minister insisted the regime is serious and not just stalling for time. >> we would not have signed the protocol unless our amendments on it had been adopted no matter what the circumstances were. but after applying those amendments and since we are seeking a political solution to this crisis as soon as possible, along with their partnership, i can now say that the signing of the protocol is the beginning of cooperation between us and the arab league. >> sreenivasan: the announcement came on a day when activists said up to 70 soldiers were gunned down by government troops as they tried to desert near the turkish border. at least 30 other people died in attacks elsewhere. it continued a wave of street violence that churned over the weekend. protest leaders said at least 21 people were killed on sunday as troops and rebels foug
interesting. jennifer griffin thank you very much, good to see. >> you despite montle of blood test in syria, thousands of protesters hit the streets again today once again calling for the downfall of their president. [chanting] >> harris: we're told this is one of the largest antigovernment demonstrations since the uprising began back in march. international observers are now inside syria and they have been since monday to monitor progress on the plan to end the regime's deadly crackdown on protesters. activists say government forces killed at least another 19 people today. the united nations continues to report an estimated 5,000 people have died since the violence began months ago. well, many of our nation's military heros are fighting to survive the economy once they get home returning from war. now a new program putting a different kind of battle buddy at their side. in california, community colleges are joining forces with the department of veterans affairs. to help some of our service members go back to school. the unemployment rate among veterans serving since the iraq war began has
, of course. as recently as 2007 there was a north korean nuclear plant in syria that was taken out. i mean, so he was profoundly important around the world. he played that nuclear card. i actually met him when i traveled there in 2000. that was a period where he had reached out to japan to south korea then in october of 2000, just before the end of the clinton years, there was that summit in pyongyang and the extraordinary meetings, and now the deputy secretary state found him to be more credible than they expected. they were expecting this bizarre figure in high heels with a poofed up hair. he's very short, i should tell you, having gone through the receiving line with him when we were all greeted at the guest house there. >> right. >> but he actually had serious meetings with them. the interesting thing is, that there are two american diplomats in beijing today. they were to meet with their north korean counterparts. this was the first step of something that was to be announced as early as today or later this week. it was supposed to be the food aid to north korea and the possibility of
syria are criticizing the arab league saying the group didn't send enough observers to monitor the country. observers on this video appear to be witnessing heavy arms fire in the city of homs. the men in orange vests are apparently the monitors taking photos in the area. >>> state-run tv in mean marseilles at least 20 people were killed in an ploex and fire. government officials tell the french press agency the blast happened in a compound of warehouses but it was not caused by a bomb. the report says more than 95 people have been injured, many of them firemen. >>> a final tribute to their fallen leader. ♪ north koreans took part in a memorial service for kim jong il who died nearly two weeks ago. they observed three minutes of silence for the former leader and pledged support for the new leader, kim jong-un. >>> what's expected to be a robust debate has began in the indian government over anti-corruption legislation. the bill would give power to create an ombudsman in house. those are the top stories from cnn, the world's news leader. "world business today" starts right now.
the nukes. >> you remember they were providing nuclear material to syria a few years ago and the idz raillies got wind of that and went ahead and bombed that nuclear facility in syria. that was material that was being provided to the syrians by north korea. the north koreans earlier had a relationship with a cue kahn, the father of the pal stannian nuclear bomb if you will. they worked with libya nor gadhafi. chris is right, they want to make money, one of the ways to do that is to sell their military or nuclear capability. this they need it, this is a country thated money they have the military. facing nearly a million south korean troops south of the dmz and about 28,000 or 30,000 american drops with the south koreans just in between, if you will. it's a very, very dangerous point, bill richardson always says it ace a tinder box and presumably right now one miscalculation, brooke, by the south koreans or the u.s. doing something which the north koreans would regard as provocative, endangering them, would trigger the north koreans to do something. and before you know it, it could ge
'm worried about a transition in syria. i'm worried about continuing transitions in egypt. yes. >> and this really underscores what -- this underscores what dempsey and other military officials are worried about. instability in north korea and in particular not at all sure that son really will be the long-term leader of the north korean regime right now. who the other plays are, one key intelligence indicator, of the lack of information that u.s. has, officials confirming, u.s. military officials confirming that kim jong il died saturday night and they did not know it until nearly 24 hours later when north korean television announced it. a real indicator of the lack of intelligence, the lack of information that the u.s. government and u.s. intelligence community has about this very remote country, wolf. >> we know the south korean military, barbara, has gone on a higher state alert. what about the u.s. military, whether ground forces in south korea or navy at sea, air force, what is the latest on that? >> right. well, when dempsey was woken up overnight web join an inner agenc
and syria. his body will be placed inside a memorial until his funeral next week. meanwhile, the entire world is watching wondering who will be his successor. the north korean government immediately called on its 24 million citizens to rally behind his son, kim jong un calling hip the great successor. surprisingly, we don't know a lot about the son, kim jong un. he's either 27 or 28 years old. he spent time studying at an english school and avoided cameras most of his life. before this photo was released in 2010, kim jong un hadn't been seen in public since the age of 11. right now, great palkot has more on the north korean leader's life. >> this is how the world will remember the north korean leader kim jong il. rare glimpses thanks to closely choreographed media events. his rule was for the most part off-limits to the outside world along with his birth. he was born in eastern russia while his father was stationed there with the red army. but north korean lore insists he was born at the base of an important peak in what was at the time japanese occupied korea. kim's father would becom
look out and see hussein gone, syria and iran under siege and the compelling lesson is that these are things central to their long-term survival, which is really their primary and exclusive focus. >> is their bargaining chip. you have a military background as well. p.j., is it likely that the military will have even more power under this regime? what do we know about this young man. >> i think there's been an evolution. now to kim jong eun, it's a collective leadership. it's not just about one guy. so the military does have a prominent role to play as do the elites that will surround kim jong-il. this transition will take months if not years and we'll see once they reemerge whether they're in the same place that they were last week or whether they're now in a much more conservative place. >> david, you're the nuclear expert, they've had tests that have fizzled. what is the level of sophisticate or their nuclear program? >> it's hard to figure out but i wouldn't surprised if they put a warhead on a missile and launched i. their program has moved forward. there's no do
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